Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pours brown in color with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and hints of espresso. Flavor has caramel/toffee sweetness is upfront with intermingling notes of chocolate and espresso with a roasted peanut expression in the finish.

25 IBU

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,700
Reviews:
727
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
188
Gots:
511
For Trade:
21
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Ratings: 2,700 |  Reviews: 727
Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviews adjusted for 2013 Can opened in Aug 2013. Much better!

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Original review (scores for the original review were replaced by the new review)

Jan 2012 bottle, opened Aug 2012.

A - Waaaayyyy over carbonated. Foam explodes out of the glass as you pour it. Khaki colored head, par retention and low lace. Bright mud mahogany brown.

S - Funky twang on the nose; dry cardboard, a faint note of vinegar, brown sugar, and black tea.

T - The over-carbonation reeks havoc on the flavor profile. Even after swirling the brew around a bit to try to knock out some of the gas, seltzer was still a dominant flavor. Behind the bubbles there's macadamia nuts, a nutmeg and caramel center, and a burnt coffee finish.

M - High carbonation, dry, and a relatively light body.

O - An unfortunate bottling error with the carbonation leaves this brew with a relatively muted/dull flavor profile.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with an inch of tan head. Moderate carbonation evident and lots of sediment in the glass.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, light bready malts, and like nuts. Maybe some light wood/oak and vanill as well. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet fruit, wood, and light vanilla. Wood comes out more in the taste than smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body.

d - An easy drinking, pretty good brown ale. I enjoyed the smell a lot and it had a nice feel to it. Would have again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Trevor sending me this one.

A: The beer pours a light brown color with some amber notes and a thin layer of off-white head.

S: There is a fair amount of roasted malt for a brown ale as well as plenty of toasted malts. A nice bit of chocolate as well as some dark fruits (cherries) and nuts. Hints of earthy hops on the finish.

T: More chocolate/cocoa than expected with plenty of nuts and toasted bread. Moderate roast with the same earthy hops and just a mild bitterness. Mild fruit flavors and a little bit of molasses.

M: Fairly substantial in terms of body for a 5.5% beer. Medium, smooth carbonation.

O: A good brown ale. One of the better Cigar City beers, actually.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at TJ's in Paoli yesterday for "The Scraps" and decided to have a look in the take-away cooler for some beers for New Beer Sunday. I want to get them in early as I have some adventurous types coming by later to drink SA Triple Bock with me.

From the bottle: "Maduro Brown Ale is an all malt brown ale brewed in the Cigar City of Tampa. Maduro pairs well with hearty Cuban foods such as Ropa Vieja and Boliche and it makes a fine accompaniment to a premium cigar."

My pour netted a finger of deep tan head with low retention, falling like Wile E. Coyote off of a cliff. Color was a slightly hazy deep brown. Nose had a smoky milk chocolate character, sweet with a slightly smoky tang. Mouthfeel was medium and it was very sweet on the tongue, like sweet chocolate along with a strawberry flavor. I would NOT be pairing this with an actual Maduro cigar, but perhaps one with a lighter wrapper and taste. Finish continued to be on the sweet side with a light sourness on the extreme finish. Color me not a fan.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for the unexpected hookup here!

Takin' this one down without a nice maduro cigar... It pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger at best of sandy ecru foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, toasted bread (can't pick out what kind of bread, though), and a touch of light char. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light maple syrup, toasted caramel, toasted oats, brown sugar, and light coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a vaguely smooth feel. Overall, a very nice, robust brown, something I wish I had access to at all times 'round here. Good times.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany body with crimson highlights when held to the light. Aromas include roast, brown bread, smoke, earth, nuts, leather. The flavor follows the aroma. Light to medium in body. Lingering hints of coffee and a hint of bitterness. Good stuff.

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Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly murky deep brown with muddy garnet highlights when held to light. Large frothy beige head wont allow this pour to happen in one round. Smell is earthy and tart, not really what I was expecting. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate lie deep beneath the surface. Tart dark fruit in the nose is a little odd. Taste is caramel malty with a dark fruity tartness that seems out of place in a brown ale. Hints of chocolate and toffee in the flavor as well. Medium to thin body with a high level of carbonation and a slick oily mouthfeel. I believe this bottle was on its way to infected before I opened it. Looking at some of the reviews this seems to be a recurring issue. As is its an OK beer with a weird tartness for the style, but if this sat in my cellar I'm sure it would have become and oud bruin or sorts. Should I ever get another I will re-rate.

09/02/2011
A generous soul provided me with a replacement bottle, apparently there was a bad batch of this beer that I am told was distributed mainly in the Jacksonville area.
Pours a solid dark brown with faint reddish highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head dissipates quickly to a cap. Smell is kind of fruity with dark pitted fruit and a hint of alcohol. Slight earthy aroma and hints of chocolate round out the nose nicely. Taste is fruity and caramel with hints of chocolate and ethanol. Slightly dry finish with a lingering fruity ethanol taste. Medium body ans level of carbonation with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. This sample was certainly better than the infected version, but its still an unremarkable beer. My score will reflect this bottle.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was our annual trip to Tampa...the night before THE BUCKEYE CRUISE AGAINST CANCER!!!! The better half and I walked a couple of blocks down from our hotel and found a wonderful sport to taste numerous different brews. The first beer I tried, thank to the suggestion of our server...Maduro Oatmeal Brown...WOW. I am not a brown fan....but this was quite nice!! The color was a rich cloudy brown. Teh nose inclued a sweet chocolate, malt and coffee. This of course fed into the taste of the beer which was rich malty chocolate and caramel, with coffee undertones. I could drink this....wait for it....give it to me Lionel...ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Solid brown at 5.50 a can not a bad markup considering it's typically not available in Pittsburgh. This pours dark almost black when held toward the light I get a deep mahogany hue with light beige head, fine speckled lacing lines the sides of my glass. Aroma dark fruit, hints of cocoa, a touch of iced coffee, and roasted nuts. Flavor light tobacco earthy dank quality, tea leaves, dark chocolate dryness more like cocoa powder, and a hint of nutty coffee. Mouthfeel medium bodied dry finish nearly perfect brown ale, perfect level of natural dark roasted malt sweetness dark malts and low IBU level dry out the finish with tannic tea and tobacco notes. Overall highly impressive flagship beer from the folks at Cigar City!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 12/1/10. On tap at Al's of Hampden.

Served in a pint, appears a hazed brown color with some ruby coloration and lighter brown around the edges. A dark creamy tan head forms across the top and doesn't retain all that well.

The smell of dark malt with sweet toffee suggestions emits from the glass. Some floral hops fill out the back of the nose.

Taste includes dark malt with sugary molasses and toffee flavors that are lightly smokey and modestly bitter with herbal and earthy hops. A slight fruity alcohol flavor is present that warms the back of the throat. Roasty flavors linger with a nice contrast to the hops. There is a lingering flavor almost like cigar wrapper and ash that is left inside the mouth.

Medium bodied with a light level of carbonation. This is quite a smooth, drinkable brown with a broad array of flavors. A little more bitter than your typical example of the style but I'm not complaining.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that borders on black with a thin, brown head that quickly fades. The nose has notes of brown sugar, cigar, and faint coffee. The flavor is woody and earthy up front similar to a cigar and slightly nutty followed by a sweet but bitter espresso, caramel finish. The finish is incredibly dry but smooth with little carbonation.

This is a nice change of pace for a brown ale. I like the woody, cigar-like notes and I like the brown sugar notes as well. The flavor profile is great. The mouthfeel is a bit dry which makes the flavor leave the palate a little early. Overall, a great brown ale.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,700 ratings.
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